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You may have noticed that young children often naturally sort objects when they are playing. Sorting is an early developmental skill that helps prepare children for learning. The value of sorting for math development may seem obvious, but did you know that it also helps lay the groundwork for literacy skills?
Sorting involves the process of identifying and describing attributes by their similarities and differences. This is important in literacy because children often begin recognizing and writing letters by comparing how they look the same and different in shape and size, especially when matching uppercase and lowercase letters. Sorting also helps them develop spelling skills as they learn to alphabetize and notice patterns in words. In addition, the physical act of sorting helps develop fine motor skills which are needed for holding a pencil and writing.
Below are some examples of ways to encourage sorting for children at different ages:
Sorting helps children make sense of the world around them while also providing fundamental skills that are needed in literacy. Fortunately, it is inexpensive and easy to incorporate sorting activities that help further children’s literacy development.
Any questions? Please email us at Janice@Neighborhoodlit.com. Taylor Burke is a teacher and Director of Communications at Neighborhood Lit. and works closely with Janice Migliazza, a Reading Specialist and owner of Neighborhood Lit, Route 34, Colts Neck to bring you this information.